Robin Patel, M.D., has been named the newest appointee to the American Board of Pathology (ABP) Test Development and Advisory Committee (TDAC) in the area of Medical Microbiology.
Dr. Patel is Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and a Consultant in the Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Laboratories. She holds the academic ranks of Professor of Microbiology and Professor of Medicine. Dr. Patel also serves as Director of the Infectious Disease Research Laboratory and Director of the Bacteriology Laboratory.
She has also served for several years on numerous medical school committees, including the Curriculum Advisory Committee, Education Committee, Scientific Foundation of Medical Practice Curriculum Committee, and Student Promotion Committee.
Dr. Patel’s research specialties include experimental animal models of infection, antimicrobial resistance, microbial biofilms, prosthetic joint infection, and clinical microbiology diagnostic testing. She is widely published in peer-reviewed journals and has delivered numerous national and international presentations.
About the American Board of Pathology
The American Board of Pathology was established in 1936 to promote the field of pathology. The board establishes certification and maintenance of certification standards as well as assesses the qualifications of physicians seeking voluntary certification in the field of pathology.
The pathology subject matter experts who are appointed to the TDACs assist the ABP in the development and review of examination items and materials. They review older questions for statistical performance and relevance to current practice. They also contribute to the validity of examinations by determining the content and distribution of items on examinations and advise the ABP on issues in their subspecialty area of expertise.
There are presently 13 TDACs: Anatomic Pathology, Blood Banking/Transfusion Medicine, Chemical Pathology, Clinical Informatics, Cytopathology, Dermatopathology, Forensic Pathology, Hematopathology, Management and Informatics, Medical Microbiology, Molecular Genetic Pathology, Neuropathology, and Pediatric Pathology.